Program in Science and Technology Studies School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Program in Science and Technology Studies School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


The Rensselaer Science and Technology Studies Doctoral Program

The Rensselaer Science and Technology Studies doctoral program is one of the oldest and best-known STS departments in the United States.

Faculty members in the department conduct research to advance scholarly and public understanding of engineering problems and ethics; environmental problems; gender and technoscience; governance of technoscientific innovation; sustainable and culturally situated design; the Internet, information sciences, and new media; emerging sciences and technologies that are re-shaping social relations, including genomics, nanotechnology, toxicology, the neurosciences, social robotics and computer modeling; public health in global context, including disaster studies; and reproductive technologies. The program fosters collaborative research between faculty members and graduate students, and has pioneered programs designed to help students to build career portfolios starting upon entry to the program.

The Focus of the STS Program

The STS doctoral program is distinct in that it teaches diverse and evolving conceptual and methodological perspectives on STS. The program teaches social and cultural theories drawn from many disciplines (anthropology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology). However, the signature thrust of the program is to enable students to fuse these disciplinary perspectives into a multi-disciplinary inquiry into why the world has the sciences, technologies, and policies that it does, and how these might be improved upon in order to benefit larger segments of society. The program encourages methodological experimentation and interpretive insight into major questions confronting society.

As a result of synergy between faculty members and students in the program, the Rensselaer STS doctorates are known for deep interdisciplinarity and creative disciplinary research; expansive and innovative use of social and cultural theory; global perspective and international fieldwork; and constructive political and ethical engagement with science, technology, and policy studies.

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Location & Contact

Program in Science and Technology Studies

School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180-3590
United States

Dr. Abby Kinchy

Graduate Program Director

Phone: 518-276-6980

Office of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 518-276-6216

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Technology And Public Policy Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 3
    • Doctoral Degrees 1
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


33% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 24
    • Accepted 8
    • Acceptance Rate 33
    • Enrolled 3
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 1st January 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline August 15th August 15th Yes
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students28
    • Female Percentage36%
    • Male Percentage64%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students28
    • Part-time Percentage11%
    • Full-time Percentage89%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino8%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian75%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races8%
    • Unknown5%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty20
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchPolicy studies, science studies, technology studies
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$5,000